The test of "crankiness," then, lies in the adequacy of the advantage reaped.
Even Uncle Aaron lost some of his crankiness and seemed at times to be “almost human.”
He belonged to C Company, and was a man subject to occasional fits of crankiness.
But the legends to which my poor old uncle's crankiness have given rise really begin to get upon my brain.
For one and a half years prior to admission her "crankiness" is said to have become much worse.
To attempt to repeat what he said would convict me of crankiness equal to his own, and worse—because he could do it, and I cannot.
Etheringham there swears by it, and he's a pretty good judge, in spite of his crankiness.
Salesmen particularly complained of her crankiness and of the unsatisfactory service they got.
There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business.
There's something so underbred about crankiness; and the Harwich family have always been essentially aristocrats.